Audrey Proffitt


March 6, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Audrey Ann Proffitt, age 81, a resident of Prescott, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe. She was born Nov. 12, 1937, the daughter of Jesse Belmont Crane and Vera Davis Crane. From the age of eight, she was raised by her father and his wife, Lillian Mayfield Crane. 

Audrey married Lewis William Proffitt on June 3, 1956. She had worked for several years as a nurse’s aide. The last several years, she worked as an administrative assistant and social service designee for the Country View Nursing Home in Prescott. Audrey enjoyed gardening and tending her flowers. She took pride in her yard and her home always being neat and tidy. 

She is survived by her three daughters, Peggy Proffitt, of Iola; Barbara Proffitt, of Pleasanton, and Ronni McCain, of Prescott; two daughters-in-law, Carol Proffitt of Colorado and Sarha Peterson, of Iola; 12 grandchildren, Pamela Patterson, Tyrene Cook, Anthony Perry, Damien Blackwell, Thomas Smith, Dustin Meek, Jacqueline Smith, Cheyanne McCain, Clifford Peterson, Robert Peterson, June Sellman and Derick Peterson; 44 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren with two more on the way. Also surviving are a brother, Sam Crane and wife, Connie, of Texas and a sister, Charlotte Shipley, of West Plains, Missouri. 

Her husband preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1991. She was also preceded in death by a son, Dale Proffitt, a granddaughter, Sarah Ann Mueller, five brothers, Dale, Bobby and Lester Crane and CW and Wallace Shaffer; three sisters, Norma Beebe, Elsie Bawgus and Louella Womelsdorf and two brothers-in-law, Ron Womelsdorf and Max Shipley. 

Pastor Lloyd Houk will conduct funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Woods Cemetery near Redfield. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the Audrey Proffitt Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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